David Kirkpatrick, MA, MD, FRCP(Canada), ABPN:

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  • Born: November 14, 1939, in Menorah Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Childhood Years: Grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio. During World War II his father was absent for two years.
  • Schooling: Dayton Street Elementary School, Bryan High School in Yellow Springs. Graduated in 1957, second of 24 students and voted “most tactful student.”
  • College: Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. BA, 1961.
  • Graduate School: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. MA in Social-Experimental Psychology, 1963. Thesis: Ordinal Position of Birth, Need Affiliation and Level of Conformity.
  • Teaching: Taught introductory and intermediate psychology and statistics at Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) as well as teaching introductory psychology courses at Georgia State College (now Georgia State University) to student nurses and night students. Worked concurrently on completing pre-med requirements. 1963-1966.
  • Medical College of Georgia: Augusta, Georgia, 1966-1970. MD in 1970.
  • Rotating internship: San Francisco General Hospital, 1970-1971.
  • General medical officer: Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska. Assigned to a mental health unit where duties included taking emergency room calls, working in obstetrics and relieving physicians at remote bush hospitals. 1971-1973.
  • Psychiatry Residency: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. 1973-1977. Fellow Royal College Physician Canada  1977.
  • Psychiatric practice: 1977-1981. Community mental health with West Side Community Care Team, private psychotherapy practice and psychogeriatric consultation at UBC Extended Care Unit, Vancouver, BC.
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) 1980.
  • United States: Private practice. 1981-1995. David and wife, Betsy, organized 111 Third Street, a private and community mental health clinic in Ashland, Oregon. Consulted at the Jackson County Mental Health Clinic, Rogue Valley Medical Center and Southern Oregon Vietnam Veterans’ Outreach Clinic (SOVOC).
  • Canada: Returned to Canada. Focused on community mental health working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, (1997 – 2007) and private psychotherapy practice with individuals, couples and families. (1995-present) in Maple Ridge (1995 – 1998), North Vancouver (1997-1999). From 2001 to 2006, together with his wife Clair Hawes, co-led weekend workshops for doctors and their partners in “Making a Good Thing Better.” He retired from his psychotherapy and psychiatric practice in December 2017 and continues to enjoy writing poetry, especially haiku.